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The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa

The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa wood stop motion animation

The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa wood stop motion animation

Created by designer Nando Costa (previously) The New American is a painstakingly crafted motion graphics animation that was laser cut into a series of 800 individual maple blocks, a process that took nearly two years. Of the work Costa says:

The abstract storyline showcased in this piece is a concoction of a variety of ideas and can perhaps be described as a union between concepts and experiments born during the Situationist movement and real life events experienced during the last few years in American society. Particularly the duality between the economic downturn and the shift in values and beliefs of many citizens.

Several frames from the animation are currently available over on Etsy. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

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Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
Untitled (2008), dimensional lumber (2×4’s), 82″ x 18″ x 12″

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
Untitled (2008), dimensional lumber (2×4’s), 82″ x 18″ x 12″

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
Copper Gate (2011), wood, 32″ x 19″ x 12″

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
Copper Gate (2011), wood, 32″ x 19″ x 12″

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
Untitled (Knight)

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
Untitled (Knight)

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
“Globe” 2010, Pine 2×4’s, Figure is life-size.

Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures wood sculpture
“Globe” 2010, Pine 2×4’s, Figure is life-size.

Based in Richmond, Virginia artist Morgan Herrin transforms the most humble material—laminated construction grade 2x4s—into spectacularly detailed figurative sculptures. His choice of imagery is surreal: a noble 15th century knight melts into a network of dripping stalagmites or a classical marble bust that is overgrown with parasitic sea creatures. The resulting works are a fascinating juxtaposition of material and subject matter that require up to a year of labor to produce. Of the untitled knight piece Herrin says:

Untitled (Knight) is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th century plate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjects are completely unrelated. The manmade geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite of the flowing, organic stalactites and stalagmites. Seen together, these two parts present a striking contrast in form and create a theme of time and the effects of nature. The pose of the figure and the general composition are references to the classical sculpture “The Dying Gaul” of ancient Roman antiquity. Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 by 4s, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture’s reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent.

You can learn more about Herrin’s work at ADA Gallery, and Mulherin + Pollard. All images courtesy ADA Gallery. (via My Modern Met)

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Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Moth: A New Woodcut Print from Tugboat Printshop wood prints wood posters and prints moths illustration butterflies

Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth over at Pittsburgh-based Tugboat Printshop just announced a new woodcut print titled Moth. Shown in production here, the final piece will be a 2-color print measuring 18″ x 25″ and is now available for pre-order. Art and design blogs everywhere were smitten earlier this year with their equally beautiful Moon print. The duo also has an upcoming exhibition of woodcut prints at the Arm in Brooklyn, opening Thursday, November 7th.

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A Tornado of Repurposed Wood Sweeps through Art Bogotá

A Tornado of Repurposed Wood Sweeps through Art Bogotá wood weather tornadoes sculpture

A Tornado of Repurposed Wood Sweeps through Art Bogotá wood weather tornadoes sculpture

A Tornado of Repurposed Wood Sweeps through Art Bogotá wood weather tornadoes sculpture

A Tornado of Repurposed Wood Sweeps through Art Bogotá wood weather tornadoes sculpture

Created by Colombian artist Otoniel Borda Garzón, this towering 40 foot (12 meter) torando of scrap wood was installed last year as a centerpiece at the Bogota International Art Fair. Garzón is known for his twisting organic vortices constructed primarily from old pieces of lumber that seem to dominate gallery spaces, an ongoing series of work he refers to simply as Reserva. You can see more of this twisting sculpture over on Behance.

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Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Figurative Wood Sculptures by Willy Verginer wood sculpture

Artist Willy Verginer lives and works in a small town called Ortisei in South Tyrol, Italy. His figurative sculptures are carved from solid pieces of lindenwood and often painted with acrylic or accompanied by additional materials. Several of his more recent works as part of a series called Human Nature were on exhibition at Galerie Majke Hüsstege earlier this year and you can see much more of his work on his website. (via Empty Kingdom)

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The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Pablo Gimenez Zapiola via Art League Houston

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Pablo Gimenez Zapiola via Art League Houston

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Pablo Gimenez Zapiola via Art League Houston

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Barry Tse

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Barry Tse

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Barry Tse

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Barry Tse

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Barry Tse

The Funnel Tunnel Snakes its Way Through the Streets of Houston wood installation
Pablo Gimenez Zapiola via Art League Houston

If you happen to drive down Montrose Blvd. in Houston this week you’ll most likely encounter this massive wooden sculpture winding its way along the esplanade, and you would be right to ask yourself, is that a tunnel? A funnel? Well, it’s both! It’s the Funnel Tunnel, a recent public art installation by artist Patrick Renner, commissioned by Art League Houston. The snaking 180 foot sculpture was built from steel and reclaimed wood and snakes its way just outside the ALH building in Houston. You might remember a somewhat similar structure built in 2005 (also commissioned by ALH) called the Inversion House by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. See many more photos here. (thnx, justin!)

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Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

Architecture Student Converts Old Bus into Comfy Mobile Home Complete with Repurposed Gym Floor wood travel buses architecture

I don’t know about you, but few exciting things ever transpired for me on a school bus. It always smelled like gas fumes, and its primary purpose was to transport me to a place I didn’t always want to to go. But this bus, designed by architecture student Hank Butitta, is a whole different story.

Also somewhat disinterested with school, Butitta was tired of designing buildings that didn’t exist for imaginary clients and wanted to work with his hands to put some of his ideas into practice. So, he bought a bus off Craigslist and along with some help from photographer Justin Evidon and brother Vince, the trio spent nearly 14 weeks converting the ramshackle old bus into a sleek, modular living environment complete with a kitchen, bathroom, beds, storage, and even a floor made from wood panels stripped from an old gymnasium.

Now that Hank’s final presentation is over the group is embarking on a 5,000 mile tour around the U.S. which has just about reached its halfway point. You can see more photos, video, and follow their travels over at Hank Bought a Bus. (via Home Designing, Gizmodo, Le Monde Tue Nini)

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